The film is based on the true story of the resistance fighter Max Manus who, in spite of being one of the most wanted men by the Gestapo in Norway, participated in some of the most daring sabotage attacks during the Second World War. It follows Manus from the outbreak of World War II until the summer of peace 1945.

After having fought as a volunteer in the Finnish-Russian Winter War, Manus returns home to a Norway occupied by the Germans in the spring of 1940. Before long, he and his buddies Gregers Gram and Gunnar Sønsteby start making trouble for the Germans. They build up a resistance network, collect weapons and explosives, and undergo training in England. From their safe apartment in Oslo, they carry out sabotage attacks against important Nazi targets, and they become increasingly more scheming. But the Gestapo investigator Siegfried Fehmer works determinedly and patiently to stop Max, and soon he starts to unravel the network around him.

The direcors Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning graduated from Stockholm Film School, Sweden, in 1996. Under their professional name Roenberg, they are credited with hundreds of outstanding commercials made all over the world. Sandberg and Rønning's first feature film was Bandidas, starring Penelope Cruz and Salma Hayek, for producer Luc Besson and Europa-corp in Mexico.

Tekst: NFI

Max Manus. Regi: Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning, Norway, 2008. Manus: Thomas Nordseth-Tiller, based on Max Manus' novels. Foto: Geir Hartly Andreassen. Musikk: Trond Bjerknæs. Medv: Aksel Hennie, Kyrre Haugen Sydness, Mads Eldøen, Christian Rubeck, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Agnes Kittelsen, among others. Norwegian, English and German language, English subtitles. DCP, colour, 1 h 58 mins.


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